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making news in america this friday morning, donald trump smoothing things over with former rivals. the high-level meeting with mitt romney, what cabinet position could be offered and the controversial general now emerging as the front-runner for national security adviser. winter's return. blinding snow and whipping wind right now. over a foot of snow expected in some areas. the storm already causing problems on the roads including a 20-car pileup. a new crew heading to the international space station blasting off overnight, and on board that vessel, an american now the oldest woman ever in space. and survival story. a family of four getting stuck on a remote road and stranded for days. how they were finally found.
we do say good friday morning, everyone. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm mara schiavocampo in for diane macedo. we begin with donald trump possibly welcoming a former foe to his cabinet. >> we're talking about mitt romney, of course, who has been a fierce critic of donald trump in the past, and now he's in the running to be trump's top diplomat. >> also retired general michael flynn, now emerging as the front-runner to be trump's national security adviser. abc's janai norman is tracking all the latest developments. janai, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, mara. some big name republicans have been taking up time on the president-elect's schedule as donald trump makes the deepest dive we've seen yet into foreign policy meeting with japan's prime minister. from foes to friends, president-elect trump is making peace with former rival mitt romney, a republican who had some of the harshest criticism of him. >> think of donald trump's
personal qualities, the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics. >> mitt romney's made a total fool of himself. >> reporter: now an unexpected change. sources tell abc news trump is considering romney for secretary of state. among other candidates, another former rival, south carolina governor nikki haley, who was also vocal about her opposition to the then candidate. >> during anxious times it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. we must resist that temptation. >> reporter: as trump's team works to get key players in place, abc news is learning lieutenant general michael flynn who's been a contender for national security adviser in the new trump administration has reportedly emerged as front-runner for the job. >> it's going really well. i mean, it's a great transition. >> reporter: trump also working
to keep campaign promises about jobs tweeting about working hard with the chairman of ford to keep the lincoln plant in kentucky rather than moving it to mexico. turns out the company never planned to move the plant to mexico. and newt gingrich is one person who apparently won't be playing a part in trump's administration. the former house speaker was a high-profile surrogate for trump during the campaign, but now he tells "the washington post" he won't serve in trump's cabinet in any position. kendis and mara. >> all right, janai norman live in washington. thanks so much for that. and these are busy times for donald trump meeting with japan's prime minister. it took place at trump tower and it was trump's first meeting with a foreign leader since being elected. >> afterwards shinzo abe called trump a, quote, trustworthy leader. trump's daughter, ivanka, and her husband, top trump adviser jared kushner, were involved. in the past trump has suggested that japan should contribute more to the cost of basing u.s.
troops there. vice president-elect mike pence spent most of his day holding meetings on capitol hill. pence served six terms in the house which led house democratic leader nancy pelosi to say he'll be valued by congress because, he, quote, knows the territory. during a meeting with house republicans, pence took a group selfie and he told them they should be ready to work extremely hard. and tim kaine is making himself clear definitively saying he will not be running for president in four years. the former clinton running mate tells the associated press that his place is in the senate and that he plans to seek re-election in two years. well, this morning's other big story, the deadly snowstorm impacting nearly a dozen states. >> the first major snowstorm of the year is now moving from the rockies to the northern plains. some areas could see 6 to 12 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. let's get details now from accuweather's justin povick. justin, good morning. >> mara and kendis, thanks. good morning to you.
big snowstorm working its way north and east over the plains states and look at our snow accumulations here by the time we get into late tonight. east of fargo along interstate 94, north and west, the twin cities, upwards of double-digit snow accumulation, some areas well over a foot of snow. the other big impact here, damaging winds which could exceed 60 miles per hour into the overnight. mara, kendis, back to you. >> all right, our thanks to justin and the weather problem in the southeast is the drought that's been fueling dozens of wildfires. more than 190 square miles have burned in the past week alone. one official says he's never seen a fall wildfire season like this one. thousands of firefighters are trying to contain the flames which may burn until spring. the air quality is so bad, it's sending people to hospitals. dozens of people have been killed in a third day of air strikes by syrian and russian forces in aleppo. this heartbreaking video showing that it took four hours for rescue workers to pull a
6-year-old boy from the rubble of his own home after one of those attacks. well, president obama is wrapping up the final european trip of his administration. this morning he's in berlin where he's meeting with chancellor angela merkel and other european leaders. later today the president will travel to peru, the last stop on his final foreign tour where he'll take part in a global summit on trade. well, still ahead, overnight an american woman blasting off making history in space. and the desperate search for a congressman's son. the clues left in his room as the secret service and fbi join in that search. >> and information just in about that. we'll have it for you. plus, you thought bathrooms had a lot of germs. wait until you hear what's found on atms.
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a town in central illinois is still assessing the damage after a deadly gas explosion. the moment of wednesday night's blast in canton was captured by surveillance cameras. it happened as crews repaired a natural gas leak that was caused by digging. one worker was killed and a dozen others were hurt. parts of downtown canton are still closed to the public. federal investigators now say the barrier separating visitors from gorillas at the cincinnati zoo was not up to par the day a toddler fell into the exhibit. the little boy was not injured in last may's incident, but zoo officials were forced to kill an endangered silverback gorilla. investigators concluded that the 38-year-old barrier had become ineffective. breaking business news now. volkswagen workers are paying the price for the company's
emissions cheating scandal. the auto giant has just announced that it's cutting 30,000 jobs as it struggles to recover from that scandal. most of those jobs are in germany. vw has already agreed to a settlement for the 500,000 americans who own diesels equipped with software that cheated on emissions tests. the tsa says it's ready for the holiday travel crush. despite those long security lines at airports nationwide just a few months ago, the tsa expects this will be the busiest thanksgiving it has seen in its 15-year history. it has added several thousand new officers and dozens of canine teams. well, one american made history overnight. astronaut peggy whitson is on her way to the international space station along with russian and french astronauts. >> when they arrive tomorrow they'll bring the station crew back up to its full complement of six. >> at 56, whitson is now the oldest woman to travel in space and when she arrives, she'll take command of the space station making her the first
woman to be in charge there two times. good for her. happy birthday and congrats. >> she'll celebrate her 57th birthday there. when we come back, a police officer on leave after he's caught on camera punching a woman in the face during an arrest. why the officer says he did it. plus, a family's survival story. lost in the wilderness for days, how they were finally found.
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if you're flying, airport delays most likely in minneapolis, chicago and memphis. turning now to other news, a washington state couple and their two youngest children headed out for a drive on tuesday and then they never came home. >> understandably other family members panicked asking for help to find them. after two long days, they got their wish. the family has been found and everyone is fine. abc's neal karlinsky has details on how they survived. >> reporter: jason and melissa mcalister along with their 2-year-old and 8-month-old daughters vanished on tuesday. this morning jason says the family van got stuck in mud while trying to go around a fallen tree stranding them. >> it got dark on us and so we spent the night on the side of the road after i made a shelter. >> reporter: thursday morning they heard on the radio that people were out searching for them. they ran into a local hunter who called 911. >> yeah, search and rescue has been looking for you guys for a few days. >> and you said they're
dehydrated? >> yeah, a little bit, but they look pretty good really. >> reporter: this morning the family of four is waking up at home healthy and thankful. >> everybody is good. god's great. and happy to be alive. >> reporter: neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> incredible story there. and now to new york city where two men are facing murder charges in connection to the death of another man here in new york. 26-year-old joseph comunale was last seen alive last weekend while partying at a luxury manhattan apartment. now, police say that's where an argument broke out which led to comunale being fatally stabbed. his body found in new jersey on wednesday. now two men are charged with comunale's murder. one of them lives in the apartment where that party took place. >> and we do have breaking news to tell you about in the search for the son of michigan congressman john conyers. 21-year-old carl conyers, a student at the university of houston, was found safe just after 2:00 a.m. this morning. he had been missing since tuesday.
he's being interviewed right now in houston. john conyers is the longest serving member of the house of representatives. turning now to a stunning video which has landed an arizona police officer on administrative leave. take a look at this video. it shows a flagstaff officer punching a woman in the face while arresting her. investigators say the officer claims the woman kicked and kneed him in the groin. flagstaff police authorities say the officer has no history of excessive force. they're promising full transparency in this investigation. a new warning about drug and alcohol addiction. it's taking a far worse toll than most people think. a new report from the surgeon general says 78 americans die every day from opiate overdoses and 20 million suffer from substance abuse disorders. the study calls for a shift in the way we think treating addiction as a legitimate disease rather than a weakness in character. a health alert now and a new meaning to the term dirty money. a study finds that the keypads on atms in new york city are
covered in bacteria. most of them came from human skin, food and household surfaces. the machines in laundromats and corner stores had the most bacteria and for some reason many atms here in midtown manhattan where our studios are tested higher in food and sugary baked goods. explain that one. >> what does that say? >> they like their doughnuts around here. >> i guess so. let's hope they're cleaner in chicago and other cities. >> yes. speaking of other cities, los angeles, well, they went back to the future when they returned to southern california this season talking about the rams. >> well, now they're looking ahead to their new home. yesterday the club broke ground on a $2.6 billion stadium complex. it's at the site of the old hollywood park horse racing track in inglewood. the 80,000-seat stadium is set to open in 2019. and speaking of football, the upsets of college football's higher ranked teams continues. >> yeah, it was quite a game. we get the highlights now from our guys at espn.
good morning, america. i'm john buccigross. this is john anderson. we're in the beautiful studios over at espn. a couple of football games were played last night. you might have been in bed when they ended. there's number five louisville getting ready to play at houston. first quarter, after louisville fumbled the opening kickoff greg ward jr. to duke catalon. houston up 7-0. they never trailed. 24-0. bonner takes a backward pass. it's chance allen. it's a 31-0 lead. teams that have trailed at the half by 31 points or more all-time are 1-430. >> oh, my gosh. >> they were not coming back. lamar jackson, heisman candidate took a hit. three lost fumbles for the cards and they got beat, 36-10. panthers/saints, cam newton not a high percentage. just 14 of 33 but a nice pass ted ginn jr. called out of bounds originally,
but upon further review, that's good. luke kuechly left the game after this hit. concussion. obviously shaken up and scared on the field. he missed games last year due to concussion. you can see the look in his eyes. panthers won it, 23-20. >> that's what we got. good morning, america. all right, so as we saw carolina won nfl's -- thursday's nfl game but panthers quarterback cam newton did not win much support with his pregame footwear. why the heck not. >> it's the wildlife motif, let's call it. one twitter user calls the tails dead furbys and another said it's a shame '80s hair band men has to die for newton's shoes. >> ah, he's just hating. >> and there's plenty of reason. up next in "the pulse," the best time to call in sick without raising suspicion. and the dress sold for nearly $5 million. who wore it and the moment that made it so famous. you'll find out. >> is that a blue dress? >> it's gold.
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♪ friday "pulse." in case you have the munchies major changes coming to your neighborhood mcdonald's. >> i might have them at 4:00 in the morning. >> wonder. >> fancy on us. the fast food giant plans to roll out video kiosks for ordering and table service in all of its u.s. locations soon. nearly 500 already have them. >> there's no word on how long it will take to make the changes in all 14,000 u.s. locations. those paying with cash or don't like kiosks can still go to the counter but customers who use self-service kiosks tend to spend more money. >> that's why. all right, who says there's never a good time to call out sick? a new study revealed there's actually a perfect time to do it. >> the folks at market research firm attest figured out the best day and time that you should
make that sick call. as well as a top reason. >> the best day and time, 6:38 a.m. on a tuesday. tuesday has the nod because they're considered a nonday. forget mondays and fridays. too close to the weekend, too obvious. and the number one reason, stomach problems because that's just tmi. nobody wants to know the details. stay home. >> stomach flu, we're good. >> achoo. >> that's people with normal schedules. >> right. here you got to call in at 9:00 p.m. >> 9:00 p.m. on sunday for a tuesday sick-out. >> we'll make a note of it. we'll need to know that. >> exactly. now to the dress that's more than 50 years old and just sold for millions of dollars. >> here it is. you can see it there, the beige rhinestone encrusted dress purchased at an auction for a whopping $4.8 million. why? does it look familiar to you. it was worn during an iconic moment. ♪ happy birthday mr. president
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good morning, north bay, let's get going. this is abc mornings. >> good morning. it is friday, november 18. i am jessica castro. i am here for natasha zouves. >> i am reggie aqui. i don't think my mike is on. >> this is reggie aqui. >> details, >> this is alexis smith. >> and here is meteorologist mike nicco. >> it is cold. no one wants to get up. good morning, everyone. our frost advisory, issued yesterday afternoon. and my mike... >> both of our mikes are not working. >> i will take over.
we are looking at a quiet start on the roads. we do not have major incidents. the only blocking issue or rather, the issue on the boards is eastbound 92 before industrial. we have a car over the guardrail. we have minor injuries. a tow truck was called. only the shoulder is blocked. we will look at drive times in less than 10 minutes. >> mike is on, ready to go. a performance last night that did not seem ready to go, people who are angry in san jose. >> people booed and threw things at a rapper nothing to do with the music. matt? >> yes. the people have spoken. the biggest complaint of kanye west's performance at the s.a.p. center, too much talk, not enough music, and a
controversial things he said on stage. >> to black people, stop focusing on racism. this world is racist, okay? stop being distracted and focusing on that. it is a [ blank ] fact. we are a racist country. period. >> a lot of the video is posted on social media showing kanye talking not performing. the audience wasn't happy. some threw shoes on the stage. he told the crowd he did not vote but would have voted for donald trump. he said he was running for president in 2020. many wanted to hear the music. >> you are amazing but, please, next time you rant, do it on your own time. >> we want to church, we got five songs and a church sermon? we got